Search Results: "Jacob Appel"


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JACOB by Yair Zakovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Intensely scholarly at times, but also an engaging analysis of one of the Bible's most complex figures."
A professor takes on the troubling story of Jacob, a deeply flawed man who later earned punishment, redemption and a unique and honored place in Jewish history. Read full book review >

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THE MASK OF SANITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Intelligent and chilling."
This novel lays bare the mind of a sociopath whose accomplishments, normal life, and respected position disguise his true nature. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC LAUNDRY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Another strong story collection that displays the author's trademark thoughtfulness, humanity, and wit.
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Ordinary people practice the magic of deception in Appel's (Einstein's Beach House, 2014) short story collection, which won the 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for fiction.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2011

"Karlan and Appel write that their goal is 'to speak directly to readers, to lead them into some corners of the world they might not otherwise encounter, and bring them face-to-face with the people who populate those places.' They have succeeded admirably, as both advocates and analysts."
Karlan (Economics/Yale Univ.), president of the nonprofit Innovations for Poverty Action, and his IPA collaborator Appel take a hard look at the realities of fighting poverty effectively. Read full book review >

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The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Eight more superb stories from a talented pen."
Uncontrollable forces (including the absurd, the magical, and the tragic) upset carefully ordered lives in this short story collection that won the 2016 Howling Bird Press fiction prize. Read full book review >

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Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An ambitious and provocative grouping of stories filled with peculiar characters."
A collection of short stories plumbs the depths of the human psyche. Read full book review >

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Phoning Home by Jacob M. Appel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2014

"Entertaining, intelligent and compassionate essays that provoke reflection."
In these essays, a noted bioethicist takes a thoughtful, wry look at his personal life as a way to touch on larger issues. Read full book review >

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WEDDING WIPEOUT by Jacob M. Appel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A rousing religious mystery—pastrami not included."
In Appel's (The Biology of Luck, 2013, etc.) mystery novel, an unusual rabbi seeks the truth about a local woman's death. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fine collection of memorable stories with a delicately surreal edge."
Short stories haunted by the longings of their connection-starved characters but mediated by the wry intelligence of their narrators. Read full book review >

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Einstein's Beach House:  Stories by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2014

"Sharp, observant, darkly funny and deeply humane. Another winner from Appel."
Winner of Butler University's Pressgang Prize, this collection examines the dangers and seductions of fantasy and lies. Read full book review >